Article Lead Image

This remarkable camera lets you refocus any shot after you take it

Never lose memories to clumsy picture-taking again.


Christine Burkson


Posted on Mar 24, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 1:18 am CDT

Most cameras capture the world around you as flat images. The Lytro captures 11 million light rays in 3D to create interactive photos.

This camera takes images that can be refocused over and over again, meaning you’ll never lose hazy memories to clumsy camera work. Users can also change the perspective of their shots, much like playing with a hologram. For such a compact camera, there is some pretty amazing technology squeezed inside. Even better: It’s currently 49 percent off the original price at the Daily Dot store.

The Lytro takes pictures by measuring the direction and intensity of the light entering the camera. This first-generation model can store 350 images on 8GB of internal storage. The square photos can then be processed with free desktop software that lets you add filters and share online.

The camera itself measures 1.6 by 4.4 inches, with a durable exterior and an LCD display on the rear for composing shots. A focal range of 43mm–344mm equates to 8x zoom, while the constant aperture of ƒ/2 and ISO range of 80–3200 provide good low-light performance. In plain English: The Lytro works as well in the dark as it does in broad daylight.

Quite apart from the fun of creating photographic holograms, the Lytro is pretty much the perfect family camera, because it never misses a shot. For a limited time, the Daily Dot Store has the first generation model for $74.99. There are four colors to choose from, and shipping to the Continental U.S. is included in the price.

The Daily Dot may receive a payment in connection with purchases of products or services featured in this article.

Photo via the Daily Dot store

Share this article
*First Published: Mar 24, 2016, 12:59 pm CDT